My Great Outdoors: Julia's Balcony Haven

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Name: Julia
Location: London, Ontario
Type of space: Balcony

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: I moved here last year after many years of owning a house, and was concerned that not having a backyard would be restrictive. On the contrary, I find it freeing - I come home and it's waiting for me, little work to be done, just there to be enjoyed - dinner, drinks with friends, reading ... it's my own little haven and I love it!

How did you create it?:
I had some old chairs that I spray painted lime green, and as I was used to having a garden I knew I needed to plant something edible! My planter box of cilantro, parsley, dill, chives and basil provides me with enough herbs for myself and any friends that happen to drop by. All my herbs were purchased from a local organic farmer - other than soil and plants, everything else was either someone else's discards or bought at thrift shops.

Recommended store, site, product or resource?
With the exception of the square planter which is from Home Depot a couple of years ago, my pots and planter are from thrift stores or garage sales. The black boston fern stand was from someones garbage and I spray painted it black. Lime chairs originally from Ikea and were pewter colored (years ago), cushions Ikea, and Indian style lantern from Homesense.